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Description: Montford Bridge
Date Listed: 29 January 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 259098
OS Grid Reference: SJ4319015313
OS Grid Coordinates: 343190, 315313
Latitude/Longitude: 52.7325, -2.8427
BICTON C.P. MONTFORD BRIDGE
SJ 41 NW
5/37 Montford Bridge
Bridge. 1790-2 (dated 1792), Thomas Telford Engineer. Parapet altered
in 1963. Red sandstone ashlar. Three elliptical arches, each with
chamfered voussoirs, raised keystones and chamfered-rusticated extrados.
Arches divided by wide pilaster strips and semi-circular cutwaters with
plinths and band to domed tops. Balustrade to widened footpaths of
1963. C18 wing walls curve out to circular end piers. when the C18
parapet was rebuilt the datestone above the central arch was resited
adjoining the south-east end pier; inscribed: "MDCCXCII". The bridge
carries the Holyhead Road over the River Severn. This was Telford's
first bridge built when he was County Surveyor of Bridges for Shropshire.
Telford's estimate was for £5,800. The stone was provided by John Lowden
and John Brown from Lord Bradford's quarry at Nesscliffe. Mathew Davidson
of Langholm was employed to superintend the work, John Simpson of Shrewsbury
was employed as mason, and the contract for building the bridge was awarded
to John Carline and John Tilley of Shrewsbury. In the years after 1817
Telford was the engineer for the Holyhead Road improvements. Colvin,
pp. 187 and 821; Anthony Blackwall, Historic Bridges of Shropshire,
Shropshire Libraries (1985), pp. 24-26; L.T.C. Rolt, Thomas Telford (1958),
p. 31; Brian Bracegirdle and Patricia H. Miles, Thomas Telford (1973), p. 18.
Listing NGR: SJ4319015313
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